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Intermittent Electricity Generation

Published Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sources of electricity that exhibit uncontrolled increases or decreases in output are often referred to as intermittent. This POSTnote examines the effect of wind, solar, wave and tidal intermittency on electricity prices, carbon dioxide emissions and the provision of electricity to meet demand. The note also describes measures to manage intermittency.

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POSTnotes POST-PN-464

Author: Aaron Goater

Topics: Climate change, Electricity, Energy, Renewable energy

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